Lego Star Wars – First Order Snowspeeder (75100) Review

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Lego Star Wars – First Order Snowspeeder (75100): Alright time for some back-to-back reviews kicking off this week with – another snowspeeder, but this time from the First Order (the villains of the new movies in the verse). Now strictly speaking as someone who watched Episode VII I don’t think this snowspeeder was actually shown on the snowy planet of Starkiller base, but I will admit it makes sense that it would – and hey who knows? Maybe that can explain how despite being shot by Chewie’s crossbow and left in an exploding power regulator station Kylo Ren managed to get ahead of Finn and Rey – who knew where they were going.

 

Time to Knoll: 30.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 48.5 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 444 and 59 Steps – Manual (82 Pages)
  • Price: $39.99 on Lego and $31.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 495 grams
  • Combo Points: (13X27X1X1) = 351 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 80mm x 48mm x 160.0mm or 614.4 cm³ with extra to make it 321.6 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 2 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else? So this is actually my first time reviewing something from the sequels in Star Wars (although some of the rebels gets near there), but instead of getting into that – let’s talk about snow. Now this is a snowspeeder – which means it is meant to work in the snow, and move quickly sort of by name.

Now first let’s take a look at the rebel’s snowspeeder:

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Now here, we have a good version of this. One would assume the glass is heated, but the angle will keep the snow off, the coloring is more white so it blends in, and it’s not an open canopy.

Contrast that with the one from above:

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Yes it can hold more people, and more cargo. But it’s like driving a convertible in the rain. Although the problem with that going against me is that driving a convertible in the rain kind of works.. As no less than Mythbusters proved (to be plausible due to the inherent danger of driving in the rain which we don’t get here in the air)

Now of course snow here is a bit different than rain – however the theory should technically work due to the reason it works – which is that you create sort of ‘air-bubble’ which deters most of the precipitation. However the problem here is still two-fold.

  • People – (not even clones) are driving this and despite the winter gear driving with snow and wind in your face isn’t great.
  • Cargo – even if it’s not a lot the cracks will collect snow, including the cargo. The cargo is also likely to not do well in extreme cold.

So in short I’d like to use this space to say that while I can accept a Lego set of a vehicle we don’t see in action – it should at least have a roof!

 

Remix: Alright so for this remix, I’m really not sure why I thought of a shovel. However it kind of works despite all the greeblies that needed to be on the shovel face. The best part is ignoring the Minifig pieces I was able to get everything onto this model.

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Final Thoughts: Alright so being honest about this model it’s certainly not one I feel is a must have, and despite the piece-count it feels way more expensive than it should be. In short the only people I see actually buying this are doing so either as a collection, or to start a collection. Make no mistake that is inherently 72% of Star Wars, but that doesn’t make it endearing to me.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

Lego Star Wars – X-Wing Starfighter (6212) Review

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Star Wars – X-Wing Starfighter (6212): Happy Star Wars day everyone! By this time millions of fans will have seen the Force Awakens (I’ll be seeing it post Christmas as I prefer a less crowded theater), and while there is actually a whole new set for the new X-Wings I felt it was time to complete our bout of Star Wars reviews with the iconic original X-Wing.

 

Time to Knoll: 31 Minutes

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Time to Build: 43 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 437 and 28 Steps – Manual (45 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $59.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 398 grams
  • Combo Points: (5X12X1X2) = 120 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 96mm x 150.4mm or 693.04 cm³ plus the bar gives you 715.07 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So at first I figured of all things to look into regarding the iconic ship would be the power required to lift it using ‘the force’ powers, and of course the internet has already handily solved this problem. (By way of XKCD’s What If – a partial inspiration for this blog). Of course while the figures and estimation are there for power output (specifically of Yoda), the force required is ~5,500kg * 0.216m/s^2 (given the values calculated by Randall, and that the initial velocity was 0 – although to be fair it was slowly sinking) giving us a force of 1.21 kilonewtons which is essentially just a bit over the force of a human bite.

Now if we remember the script (or use the IMSDB) Yoda claims that in fact ‘size matters not’ however while the force is able to scale it’s incredibly likely *ducks* this is due relative to midichlorian count in that the count provides a maximum usage possible. Because as we see Luke can partially lift it, but feels he he is doomed to fail.

In that respect then it seemed prudent to see if Luke actually could have lifted it, Yoda is one of the more powerful Jedi, and moving something on the scale of an XWing is not an easy task – even if Luke is the son of midi-filled-Vader. Oddly enough though it seems even the expanded universe has no official counts, and while there is a list, as other people and the site design betray it’s mostly guesswork and bunk (Something quite sad considering how detailed Wookiepedia is)

 

Remix: So while the pieces were all wrong for a lightsaber, I met you halfway and made myself a more gladius style sword. I know why I decided to make the gearbox the heart of the sword, but man did it make everything misaligned and weakened.

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Final Thoughts: Much like the DeLorean set from a while back this set is perfect because it has the right size, the right level of detail and it’s so damn iconic that you can’t help but have the set built and proudly on display (mine going with Darth’s tie fighter as a nice companion piece)

Final Score: 5 out of 5 Stars

Minis Star Wars (Original)

Alright continuing our Mini-Review segment this time we have the Original movies sets with the classic Falcon and AT-AT as well as others.

 

Name: AT-AT (4489) – Aww look at it, it’s like a cat or a tiny dinosaur model.

Knoll: 5 Minutes

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Build: 6 Minutes

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  • Weight: 56 Grams
  • Pieces: 98 and 16 Steps
  • Price: $29.95 on Amazon
  • Score:

 

Name: Star Destroyer (4492) – I love this, but I want to throw it into a sandbox.

Knoll: 5 Minutes

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Build: 7.5 Minutes

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  • Weight: 71 Grams
  • Pieces: 87 and 23 Steps
  • Price: $13.95 on Amazon
  • Score:

 

Name: Imperial Shuttle (4494) – Having built this, it’s amazingly fragile.

Knoll: 4.5 Minutes

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Build: 6.5 Minutes

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  • Weight: 54 Grams
  • Pieces: 82 and 16 Steps
  • Price: $30.27 on Amazon
  • Score:

 

Name: Millennium Falcon (4488) – Oddly enough of the Falcon builds this is my least favorite.

Knoll: 3.5 Minutes

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Build: 5.5 Minutes

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  • Weight: 62 Grams
  • Pieces: 87 and 19 Steps
  • Price: $29.99 on Amazon
  • Score:

 

So then out of all the mini-builds who wins? Sorry but some of these should be harder because it’s clearly the AT-AT. While the Falcon is nice it needs more detail. The Destroyer also lacks the size to give the true impact it deserves. The AT-AT though is cute though and is clearly the winner of this Mini challenge.